A support worker from Cardiff nominated for her devotion to her service users has scooped a top national award for her work with adults with learning disabilities and complex needs.
Vicky Bailey, Senior Support Worker at a house in Talworth Street, Cardiff, run by care provider Regard, has won gold in the Supported Living Care Practitioner category in the Wales Care Awards.
Vicky from Splott, who was nominated by her Locality Manager Julie Davies, received her award at the prestigious annual awards evening in City Hall, Cardiff.
Julie Davies said: “Vicky really deserves this award. She is an inspiration to the people she works with, and I know they’re all going to be as delighted for her as I am.
“She takes so much time and trouble to make sure everyone she supports lives life to the full, and is totally focussed on ensuring they’re enabled to take their full place in society. Vicky is devoted to her role and is entirely motivated in ensuring service users in her care are supported to achieve their goals and aspirations.”
One of the things that impressed the judges about Vicky is the work she has done in assisting the individuals she supports to source appropriate activities, such as a job with Oxfam which has given one woman living in Talworth Street the chance to find new friends and enjoy greater independence.
The Wales Care Awards were first held in 2003 and are an annual fixture in the care calendar. They reward the champions of the sector and raise public awareness of the vital contribution made by the social care workforce to the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales.
Vicky’s employer, Regard, is the UK’s fourth biggest provider of care homes and supported living services and was recently awarded Investors In People Gold – one of only four of the 17,000 care organisations in the UK to hold this status.
They support nearly 1,000 vulnerable people with learning disabilities, mental health disorders and other complex needs on 145 sites throughout the UK, including five in Cardiff, and a further nine in Gwent, Ceredigion, Gwynedd and the Isle of Anglesey.
Talworth Street is a registered supported living service for four individuals with learning disabilities and complex needs. Support is provided 24/7 to enable them to live as independently as possible in their everyday lives.